TEMPORARY CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Calling us during Lockdown:

Please note our temporary office contact numbers have changed for the remainder of the lockdown period to 07380 651 808 (John) and 07736 901 047 (Ewen).  


We also still operate our text-only service at 07780 251711.  Calls answered between 9 and 4.30 pm on weekdays.


If you are an existing service user at FEAT and/or Fife IPS, you should already have the individual phone number for your key worker and can continue to use that number to get in touch.


Speak soon!

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FEAT GOES VIRTUAL

Our Covid-19 Response

Everyone is feeling the effects of the lockdown and social distancing measures and of course it has meant the temporary closure of our offices in Hanover Court and Silverburn Park.


We are, however, still actively working and engaging with all existing service users, those on the waiting list and still welcoming new enquiries from individuals looking for help.  We have helped several service users into temporary, essential CV-19 related jobs in recent weeks and are running group work sessions and 1:1's via video conferencing, telephone calls and webinars.


Contact us via this website, or our social media channels, or text 07780251711 if you need us.  


Please note our 2nd series of webinars based on the "Living Life to the Full" course are also taking place on facebook live from Wednesday 6th May 2020 at 2 pm and open to anyone and everyone to join in.  Again, contact us if you would like any further information. (Subsequent sessions will run at 2 pm on 13th, 20th and 27th May 2020.)

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RECRUITMENT UPDATE

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With the ongoing COVID-19 situation we extended the closing date for applications for the vacancies below to 20th April 2020.  We can now confirm we have received an excellent response and will not be extending the deadline further.


Thanks to all of you who have applied, we are facing delays and uncertainty (like everyone) regarding the timescales for shortlisting and interviews, however we will be in touch directly with everyone who has sent in an application.

VACANCIES AT FEAT

Team Supervisor – Employ Your Mind

35 hours per week up to March 2021 -  £27,405 per annum


FEAT is seeking a full-time Team Supervisor to oversee and manage the Employ Your Mind (EYM) project - an innovative vocational rehabilitation project aimed at developing the employability skills of inpatients and outpatients of Fife mental health services. The aim of EYM is to move students closer towards accessing more mainstream job-seeking services. 


The successful candidate will be part of an internationally recognised, world-leading project delivering cognitive remediation therapy (CRT) and employability skills to students and clients with complex mental health problems, at different stages on their journey towards employment. The role involves delivery of group-based and individual employability and personal development interventions, work placement sourcing/support and delivery and design of CRT to a wide range of participants who study over a 6-month period. The role also involves delivering training to other professional teams.


The Team Supervisor will oversee and manage the key objectives of the EYM team as well as the day-to-day performance of EYM employees. As a successful supervisor you will have excellent organisational and communication skills. These skills will help you transfer information from senior management to employees and communicate EYM teams’ performance or needs to senior managers. This role is fully supported by FEAT management of which this role forms part. 

The role will be based in our offices in Glenrothes, though you are also expected to carry out a proportion of work in NHS inpatient/outpatient settings and in the community around Fife, with patients with complex mental health conditions, on a one-to-one basis. This innovative project has secured substantial further funding from Opportunities Fife and the European Social Investment Fund and we expect to continue beyond March 2021.  You will be part of an enthusiastic dynamic team offering an inclusive, non-judgmental approach to support and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life. 


FEAT are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer and encourage applications from all members of the community including disabled applicants. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group, but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our organisation we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone. FEAT's vision is to enable and support individuals to reach their full positive mental well-being in a culture where there is no stigma.


Application packs are available by e-mail from info@feat.org.uk or telephone 01592 759371 or download the full pack. Please do not send a C.V. Candidates will be required to undergo a PVG check.  For informal queries please contact Joanne Koziel on 07736901030.


The closing date for all applications is Friday 20th  March 2020 at 12 noon.  Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.  Please also read the post below for details of another vacancy within FEAT:

  

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VACANCIES AT FEAT

Employment Specialist - Fife Individual Placement & Support

  

Employment Specialist – Fife Individual Placement & Support

Flexible to cover 7 days (49 hours per week), split between two posts up to March 2021 – salary £26,056 per annum, (pro-rata)


FEAT is seeking two Employment Specialists to use the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) approach, working in partnership with Fife Health & Social Care and with clients with complex and enduring mental health conditions across Fife. IPS is a proven way of helping people, who have had mental ill health, back to work. 


The successful candidates will proactively manage a caseload of individuals who are unemployed and/or currently off work. You will deliver the IPS evidence-based model of vocational rehabilitation for people with complex and enduring mental health problems. Working directly with all relevant stakeholders: the individual, NHS Fife, Fife Council, GPs, employers, colleges, Job Centre Plus and Occupational Health to enable individuals to gain and retain employment. 


The roles will be based in our offices in Glenrothes, though you are also expected to carry out a proportion of work in NHS inpatient/outpatient settings and in the community around Fife, with patients with complex mental health conditions, on a one-to-one basis. This innovative project has secured substantial further funding from Opportunities Fife and the European Social Investment Fund and we expect to continue beyond March 2021.  You will be part of an enthusiastic dynamic team offering an inclusive, non-judgmental approach to support and empower people to flourish by managing their mental health for life. 


FEAT are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident employer and encourage applications from all members of the community including disabled applicants. We welcome applications from everyone irrespective of gender and ethnic group, but, as members of ethnic minority groups are currently under-represented in our organisation we would encourage applications from members of these groups. Appointment will be based on merit alone. FEAT's vision is to enable and support individuals to reach their full positive mental well-being in a culture where there is no stigma.


Application packs are available by e-mail from info@feat.org.uk or telephone 01592 759371 or by download. Please do not send a C.V. Candidates will be required to undergo a PVG check.  For informal queries around hours for the posts or anything else, please contact Joanne Koziel on 07736901030.


The closing date for applications is Friday 20thMarch 2020 at 12 noon.  Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

  

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SILVERBURN DEVELOPMENTS BOOSTED BY NEW EXPERT TEAM

National Lottery Heritage Fund Development Stage Underway

The new team of consultants enlisted to take forward the regeneration of Silverburn Park came together for an induction day at Silverburn Park in January 2020. Great group of experts with vast experience, really exciting, if very cold, day to launch the next chapter of our plans!


The team comprises specialist knowledge in a variety of areas from business planning and project development to evaluation, fundraising, interpretation and an historian, supporting the staff team at FEAT along with volunteers from our Board of Directors.


Further updates are available on our Silverburn facebook page and dedicated website.

The team of consultants tasked with making the project a success!

The team of consultants tasked with making the project a success! ✔

VETERANS F1RST FOR EMPLOY YOUR MIND

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Veteran-focused Employ your Mind course underway!

Since 2019 FEAT and Veterans F1rst Point have been collaborating to deliver a veteran-specific Employ your Mind course in Fife.


Phase 1 of the programme completed prior to the festive break and now into 2020 and phase 2, we have a group of 9 veterans who are working towards a variety of individual goals and with a view of securing work in the Civilian world during the year.


Huge thanks to the support of the Armed Forces Covenant Fund who are providing the finance for this pilot, whilst still early days, the feedback from all parties is very positive indeed.

Pictured left are the staff teams from FEAT and V1P in the planning phase. 

5000 THANK YOU'S!

£5000 for FEAT thanks to public vote!

Press Release October 2019  

FIFE CHARITY WINS SHARE OF £1MILLION GIVEAWAY 


A charity that supports young people with mental health conditions has been awarded a share of a £1,000,000 fund supporting under-18s as a part of Persimmon Homes’ hugely successful Building Futures campaign.

Fife Employment Access Trust help young people (and adults) self-manage their conditions and prepare to enter into paid employment. The trust was one of 96 organisations from the length and breadth of the UK to reach the final stage of its Building Futures competition. 


From February to May, Building Futures has also given away £128,000 to 128 organisations supporting young people in sport, education & arts and health throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The competition culminated in a gala dinner at York Racecourse on Tuesday, where three finalists were each awarded the top prize of £100,000, three the second prize of £50,000 and three the third prize of £20,000. The remaining 87 finalists were handed £5,000 each.


Fife Employment Access Trust represented the health category for Persimmon Homes North Scotland receiving £5,000. Duncan Mitchell at Fife Employment Access Trust, said: “Taking part in Building Future has been a fantastic experience for us and it was so exciting to reach the finals. It was a very emotional evening with such a broad range of groups being represented and we are delighted to have been awarded £5,000."


Stephen Profili, managing Director at Persimmon Homes North Scotland, said: “The Building Futures scheme has been a great success and we had a brilliant evening at York Racecourse celebrating the fantastic work of so many organisations supporting young people in our communities.

“We have been overwhelmed by both the response to the competition, and the hard work and dedication of those involved within all the groups.”


The first, second and third prize winners were decided by a public vote and more than 225,000 votes were cast.

The £100,000 prize winner in the sport category was Scrappers Gym based in Swindon, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association secured the award for education &arts and the Young People’s Counselling Service Annabelle Davis project in Peterborough was handed the health award.


The second prize awards of £50,000 went to Leeds Rowing Club for sport, UK Astronomy in Milton Keynes for education & arts and Norwich-based Toy Like Me for health.


Andover BMX Club scooped £20,000 for sport in third place, while Wargrave House in Newton-le Willows won the education & arts award and Butterwick Hospice Kidz Club in Stockton was handed the health award.

Iain added: “Getting involved with causes across our region has been an amazing experience and we will continue to support groups and charities through our Community Champions initiative.”

Scottish Finalists and Persimmon Homes Representatives at the Gala Dinner in York

Scottish Finalists and Persimmon Homes Representatives at the Gala Dinner in York 

FEAT SUCCESSFUL WITH FUNDING FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL PROJECT AT SILVERBURN PARK

Press Release 28 June 2019

Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) are celebrating a significant award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to transform the future of Silverburn Park in Leven.


FEAT are a Fife-wide award-winning mental health and employment specialist charity, also celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and are celebrating an award of £374,600 initially by the Fund to enter the formal development phase of the project which ultimately aims to renovate the B-listed former flax mill in the Park into a hub of commercial and community activities ranging from a hostel, café and community space, serving local people and visitors from the Fife Coastal Path.


Duncan Mitchell, General Manager at FEAT, says, “It’s been a long road to get to this point and I have to thank Fife Council and particularly current and previous members of the Levenmouth Area Committee who gave us the opportunity to lease the Park and hopefully spark new life into the site with wider benefits for the local community.”


It was back in 2012 that Fife Council marketed Silverburn as a development opportunity as a way of securing its regeneration, while at the same time safeguarding public access and the natural and historical value, with FEAT being named as the preferred partner.


Since then a wealth of activity has taken place to begin the regeneration of the Park and undertake the feasibility studies, community consultations and detailed designs – as well as fully cost the renovations work.

Duncan adds, “The funding from National Lottery Heritage Fund will now enable us to focus on securing the remainder of the funding needed to complete the construction phase of the project and finalise the designs for the renovation of the mill, as well as maintaining our vision to develop the Park as a place of quiet enjoyment, conserving the cultural values of the landscape and buildings, supporting the health & wellbeing of the community and enhancing the habitat and biodiversity of the environment. The funding will also support FEAT to ensure that meaningful training, volunteering, work experience and employment opportunities are available to their core client group and the surrounding community.


Once we can establish the final project, it will also be an income-generator for the charity and therefore reduce our reliance on grant funding to sustain our core work.”


FEAT will continue to work in partnership with Fife Council throughout this next phase of the programme, as well as Fife Historic Buildings Trust who have extensive experience – and success – of supporting successful implementation of similar projects across the Kingdom.


Further details of FEAT’s vision and aims for the Park are available at www.silverburnpark.co.uk and regular updates on the current daily activities at the Park are on their facebook page. Those developments have included managing volunteer and training programmes, opening a small café last year with plans to open a campsite this year as a pre-cursor to the flax mill re-development. 


FEAT have also delivered a wide variety of community events and this Saturday (29th June) the Friends of Silverburn group are hosting a free family fun day from 12-3 pm.


Brian Robertson, Chair of the Silverburn project Board, adds, “It’s been a long haul to get to this point of the project and we have a vast amount of work to do now to ensure we can raise the remainder of the funding required to transform the Park – however, the support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund is a huge advantage to us when approaching others – they have shown faith in our plans, and our ability to deliver these plans, and everyone connected with FEAT is on cloud 9.”


Cllr Ken Caldwell convener of Levenmouth Area Committee welcomed the news saying: "This is great news for Levenmouth that FEAT has secured funding from the National Lottery Heritage fund. We're in full support of FEAT and are working closely with them on redevelopment plans for Silverburn Park. We want Silverburn to be an asset for the community; somewhere everyone can enjoy."


Christine May, Chair of Fife Historic Buildings Trust said, "All at FHBT are so proud to have helped the Silverburn team to achieve this wonderful financial support, the result of months of hard work and co-operation. We are looking forward to getting stuck in with all the partners involved and to making the dream a reality."

Duncan Mitchell (left) and Brian Robertson with the plans for the flax mill

Duncan Mitchell (left) and Brian Robertson with the plans for the flax mill

FEAT GET RUNNER-UP SLOT IN FIFE BUSINESS AWARDS

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Whilst we picked up the top prize at the Centre for Social Justice Awards at the beginning of March, we couldn't make it 2 out of 2 unfortunately as we came runner-up in the Fife Business Awards 2019.  The ceremony took place on 29 March and our category (Excellence in Creativity and Innovation) was won by John Young Signs.

Alan Mitchell, CEO of Fife Chamber of Commerce and one of the judges this year, says, "I want to congratulate FEAT on being a finalist at the 2019 Fife Business Awards. I know that nothing I can say will change any disappointment you may be feeling because you didn’t win but you should not lose sight of the fact that FEAT is doing amazing things that are worthy of celebration.  


You had the courage to apply when most didn’t and you demonstrated excellence to be shortlisted.  You should be very proud. I hope that your application will inspire many others to come forward in the future, and I hope that it will not deter you from applying with the same passion and determination in 2020. 


I have no doubt that you will continue to enjoy great success and everyone at Fife Chamber wishes you nothing but the very best. "

Pictured are FEAT staff at the Ceremony (left-to-right) Toni Clark, Wendy Barbour and Elaine Richards.

FEAT LAND TOP PRIZE IN "VOLUNTARY SECTOR OSCARS"

London audience applaud FEAT's work

Twenty-five years after our foundation, Fife Employment Access Trust (FEAT) have won a Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Award for its work supporting those with mental health problems to find employment.

The prize, presented on Tuesday evening (5th March) at a prestigious venue in Central London, includes a £10,000 grant and promotion of the organisation’s vital work before an audience of influential politicians, journalists and philanthropists. The Awards are also known as the Oscars for the Voluntary Sector.


According to the Scottish Government, around one in three people are estimated to be affected by mental illness in any one year. Many of these struggle to find or maintain stable employment.


Duncan Mitchell, General Manager of FEAT, said: "Day in, day out we get to work with people experiencing severe disadvantages in life due to their mental health and help them to unlock their ability and talent to overcome their daily challenges in life. It is an honour to help them on their journeys.


“Winning this award is an enormous boost to everyone associated with FEAT, particularly to the staff and volunteers who constantly go far beyond the call of duty to achieve life-changing outcomes for the people who inspire us every day.


“This year we are celebrating our twenty-fifth anniversary and what a way to mark it. We hope this award will lead on to even bigger and better things for us and the amazing people we serve.”


Andy Cook, Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice think tank, said “FEAT innovates new techniques and approaches to solving some of the most pressing issues in the field of mental health. Among these, the inability to find and maintain regular work is paramount.“The dignity of work and the confidence it instils are crucial to solving mental health problems.“The CSJ recognises FEAT’s innovation, efficiency and compassion in helping people find work and rebuild their lives. We wish them another twenty-five years of stellar achievement.”


Video footage from the Awards, featuring FEAT staff is available by clicking here 


About the CSJ Awards

The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) exists to prevent and tackle poverty across Britain.

The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises from across Britain. 


There are five categories for which prizes are awarded: addiction support and recovery, family support, work and employment, education and social mobility, and crime prevention and rehabilitation.

The five winners each receive a £10,000 grant and are profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country. This enables them to scale their impact and gives senior politicians, philanthropists and business and charity leaders the chance to be inspired by and learn from them. 

It gives award winners unique opportunities to connect with other people passionate about furthering the cause of social justice in Britain.

L-R: William Mowbray (FEAT/Fife IPS), Baroness Mone, Duncan Mitchell (FEAT), Carole Walker

L-R: William Mowbray (FEAT/Fife IPS), Baroness Mone, Duncan Mitchell (FEAT), Carole Walker 

25th anniversary year

Happy Birthday to us!

For our 25th anniversary, we are holding our AGM on 12th March 2019 in Rothes Halls, Glenrothes.

It would be great to see past staff and board members, service users and volunteers come along and take a quick step back down memory lane and also hear about current exciting plans and developments, as well as the Fife premiere of a short film being made focussing on FEAT.

If you would like to come along, please get in touch as soon as possible, space (and sandwiches) will be limited!





AGM Invitation

AGM Invitation

Centre for social justice awards

Awards

We are celebrating success in 2019, having been shortlisted for two prestigious awards, locally and nationally.


We are a finalist in the Centre for Social Justice Awards (Work Category) and also the Fife Business Awards (Innovation) category, with both holding their ceremonies during March 2019 when we'll learn our fate.


This follows the success of two staff members in December 2018 who took prizes in the Fife Business Diversity Awards for overcoming barriers and successfully gaining and holding down employment with us.  Arran Ritchie took the Bronze Award and Catherine Grubb won Gold at the ceremony - huge congratulations to them both!


The Centre for Social Justice Award ceremony takes place on March 5th in London.  The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises from across Britain. Five winners will receive a £10,000 grant and be profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country and we're excited to be a part of it this year.


The Fife Business Awards ceremony takes place on 29th March and will hosted by well-known personality Fred McAuley.  We are in the running for an award for our excellence in creativity and innovation.


To win either of these awards will be difficult - we're up against stiff competition indeed, however this is a great way to celebrate our 25th Anniversary whatever the result!

Arran Ritchie and Catherine Grubb
at the Fife Business Diversity Awards

Arran Ritchie and Catherine Grubb

at the Fife Business Diversity Awards